Annual New Zealand Accordion Championships and Festival - New
The annual New
Zealand Accordion Championships and Festival will be held at
Epsom Girls Grammar School, Epsom, Auckland from May 31st to June
2nd. This competition includes a variety of age group categories
for soloists, duos, trios, ensembles and orchestras for entrants
from New Zealand, Australia, China and South Pacific regions.
The event is held one week after the Australian
International Accordion Championships (May 24th to 26th) in
Sydney, Australia so contestants can enter both competitions if
they wish. Competition rules for the international piano accordion
classes are the same for both competitions. Rules for the top solo
class are the same as the 2002 Coupe
Mondiale piano accordion class.
Entries close April 26th 2002. For further details
Frankfurt MusicMesse Exhibits -
Ancona Promuove (the special body of the CCIAA
of Ancona, Italy) have organized an exhibit at the MusikMesse 2002
of the biggest accordion in the world and a concert by jazz accordionist
Richard Galliano. The event will also include product information
and a notable cultural program promoting the accordion. This is
possible thanks to Ancona Promuove, the cooperation of the town
(home of the Italian accordion), and with a grant in aid of the
The event is divided into three different activities.
The first is commercial and includes the preparation of an elegant
exhibition stand in the new pavilion of the MusikMesse, where visitors
can see information about the novelties shown by members of Music
Marche, an association of manufacturers of musical instruments
from the province of Ancona.
The second activity aims at surprise. Visitors,
on entering the stand of the Marches region, will be welcomed by
the biggest accordion in the world. Exhibited for the first time
and branded with the name of Castelfidardo, this instrument is in
perfect working order and stands 2.7 m high and 1.6 m wide. It weighs
300 kg and must be played by two people (one for the treble keys
and the other for the bass). The accordion took Giancarlo Francenella
from Castelfidardo three years to build and is about to be listed
in the Guinness book of records.
The third activity focuses on an impressive
cultural event, programmed for March 14th, when in the prestigious
concert hall of the Palmengarten (the famous botanic garden of Frankfurt)
a concert will be given by the great Italian/French jazz accordionist
Richard Galliano is an acknowledged professional
jazz musician in Europe, virtuoso of bandoneon and of the accordion.
He is able to catch the sense of Afro-American music without forgetting
the lyrics of Astor Piazzolla and is therefore capable of choosing
new paths while following old traditions.
By organizing these events Giorgio Cataldi,
President of Ancona Promuove said "On the one hand we wish to
demonstrate that the 'made in Castelfidardo' accordion is an extraordinary,
high quality instrument, and therefore we present something unique.
On the other hand the concert given by jazz player Richard Galliano
intends to attract international attention to the accordion. We
want to demonstrate its versatility and how easy it is to switch
from traditional pop music to modern music suitable for films, through
jazz, which is today one of the most appreciated musical expressions".
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Accordion in Rock Concert - Russia
Contributed by Svetlana Stavitskaya
Over 4,000 people attended a concert entitled
"The Best Guitarists of Russia", held at the large "Oktiabrsky"
concert hall in St. Petersburg on February 16th. Performers included
rock guitarists Victor Sinchuk and Ivan Smirnov (Moscow) and Igor
Romanov and Sergei Bolotnikov (St. Petersburg).
Accordionist Vladimir Ushakov entertained with
the group "BoloBand" on MIDI accordion which gave the public the
opportunity to hear the combination of real accordion sounds and
special sounds from the sound module like pads, rock organs, synthetic
brass, bagpipes, trumpets, pianos, strings etc.
Vladimir Ushakov said he was grateful for the
opportunity to "promote the accordion as an instrument that could
be used in different styles of music including rock music as well.
It was a great pleasure to see how 4,000 people reacted to the accordion's
appearance in a rock group"
Vladimir is one of the founders and soloists
of the St. Petersburg Musette ensemble, which won 1st prize in the
1999 Variety Groups category of the Castelfidardo
Competition in Italy.
Dartington International Music
Summer School - England
Contributed by Richard Smith
The Dartington International Music Summer School
will hold master classes and workshops by accordionist Dermot Dunne
plus a specialist course entitled "Composition and Performance:
The Theatre of the Accordion" from July 27th to August 3rd in Dartington,
Totnes. The specialist course will be directed by Deirdre Gribbin,
Lou Stein & Dermot Dunne and will examine the theatrical possibilities
inherent in the creation of new works for the accordion. Working
closely with text from Annie Proulx's Accordion Crimes, short pieces
will be written by composers for participating accordion players.
There will be an emphasis on the delivery and presentation of a
work within a theatrical context, and a focus on building working
partnerships between composers and performers.
Accordion tutor, Dermot Dunne (winner of the
RTE Musicians of the Future competition), will work with players
on developing skills. Course applications must be made by May 3rd,
2002. For further details email: firstname.lastname@example.org
International Music Competitions Val
Tidone 2002 - Italy
Contributed by Holda
The Val Tidone International Music Competition will
be held from June 10th to 16th for musicians from any nation. The accordion
section will include the "Carlo Civardi" accordion prize plus five scholarships.
Competition categories will be available for a variety of age groups.
The event also includes a Composition Competition. All entires must be
received by May 11th. For further information contact Artistic Director
Livio Bollani at: email@example.com
Accordionist Wins Young Composer Competition
- New Zealand
accordionist Alex Selman (aged 13 years) was one of six winners of the
2002 Tower Young Composer Competition. Music entries were sent to Holland
where they were judged by the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble (NBE), which
is coming to New Zealand in March to perform at the New Zealand festival
Alex's prize includes a weekend in Wellington to work
on composition at Victoria University with a professional composer. This
will be followed by five days in Wellington in March to rehearse with
the NBE, culminating in a concert of the competition winner's pieces.
Alex's composition is entitled "Yesterday's Battle".
Accordion Seminar with Simone Zanchini
Zanchini will hold a workshop on March 3rd at the Torre dell'Orologio
in Nonantola (Modena province). The workshop will include the following
- the bellows: sound production and control
- the bellows and the reed
- the place of the accordion in various musical genres and in
the languages of composed and improvised music
- languages that are "close" or "distant" to
- the art of listening to the different accordion
- the basics of good improvisation
- accordion ensemble music
- use of the left hand for accompaniment of
an improvised piece
- every part of an accordion can produce sounds!
- is it better to be an accordionist who plays
the accordion or a musician who plays the accordion?
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